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Wine Enthusiast Podcast: The Grandes Dames of Champagne

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Although plenty of old-world wine regions have patriarchal systems, many female leaders created and sustained some of the most prominent Champagne houses.

In this episode of the Wine Enthusiast Podcast, Assistant Digital Editor J’nai Gaither speaks with Rebecca Rosenberg, author of Champagne Widows, about the grandes dames of Champagne. They discuss the roles these leaders, especially La Grande Dame herself, Madame Clicquot, or Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, played in building such sparkling empires, from work in the vineyard and innovations in the cellar to savvy growth and international marketing strategies.

Who rules the sparkling world? Grab a glass of bubbly and listen in for the answer.

To learn more about how sparkling wine like Champagne is made, read here. Find some of our favorite bottles of bubbly to buy now here. Or, explore the legacy of female brewers in this podcast.